The treatment of suspects and prisoners by the United States has been an inspiration to us all. Including kindergarten teachers in Thailand’s Surin Province who have been binding and blindfolding five year olds who do not concentrate in class.
Surin kindergarten teachers are not the brightest people in the world. When they have seen on television that these practices are acceptable in the USA, its not surprising that they think they will be acceptable in Thailand.
The story from Sanook translated by Thai Visa News (25 Feb)
SURIN: -- Two kindergarten teachers in Surin have been exposed on social media after they bound and blindfolded two five year olds.
They said they administered the punishment to teach the little ones to concentrate in class. And initially the director of the school backed them after the incident went viral of Thai social media earlier in the week.
But now following a crisis meeting held at the school in Chumphonburi district of the north eastern Thai province the two female teachers involved have agreed to pay 40,000 baht in compensation reported Sanook.
They have also asked to be transferred to another area. But the matter is unlikely to end there as district education chiefs have ordered a further investigation.
The incident surfaced on Monday when pictures of a little girl called "A" circulated online. She had her hands bound with tape and was blindfolded with tape around her eyes.
Initially the director of the school said it was not hurting the students at all and he called everyone in to explain matters. The director agreed with the teachers that the punishment would be a good way to teach concentration.
But the parents of "A" and another five year old were furious. Yesterday a crisis meeting was held. It was attended by the director, the parents, the two female teachers responsible for the first year of kindergarten and local police.
Sanook.com said that reporters were barred from the meeting.
Following the meeting the director said that both teachers had admitted what they had done and agreed to pay the parents of each child 20,000 baht. They also asked for a transfer.
But the matter will not end there. Narong Meuanchart, the deputy education department chief in Surin Region 2, said that a committee has been set up to investigate the matter further and take appropriate action against those involved.